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Twins call up Shaun Anderson, option Cody Stashak

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Minnesota has made a pitching move in advance of today’s game.
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After a Wednesday doubleheader against Boston, the Twins have shuffled their bullpen.

Anderson spent parts of 2019 and 2020 with the Giants, beginning his career as a starting pitcher before moving to the bullpen. The move appears to have been a success, as his ERA and WHIP both went down in 2020 (5.44 to 3.52 and 1.552 to 1.435, respectively) while his strikeout rate went up (6.6 K/9 to 10.6). The Twins traded for Anderson in February, sending LaMonte Wade Jr. to San Francisco in return. Derek Falvey remarked on Anderson’s positive velocity and slider after his arrival in Minnesota.

With Anderson coming up, the Twins have optioned Cody Stashak (“Meshach, and Abednego”) to the alternate site. Stashak appeared in six of the Twins’ first 12 games, allowing five hits and four runs (all earned) over five innings, while walking two and striking out 12.

Given that the Twins have already used six relievers over the course of the first three games of this series, it would be unsurprising to see Anderson make his Minnesota debut today.